The Stanford players pronounced themselves loose for the final, even after they had watched Arizona State thrash Wichita State. Asked if there was bad blood between the Pac-10 rivals, Robbins said, "No, no, not at all. Well, not real bad blood."
If the Cardinal was a little short on talent, it was also short on sleep. Stanford returned to the field barely 12 hours after its Friday night game had finished. Furthermore, many Stanford players were still groggy from taking final exams and writing papers during the week. Nonetheless, the Cardinal went through batting practice on Saturday morning with its usual crackling precision. Sprague, in particular, shot line drives to all fields. "I'm a little nervous," he said. "But mostly I'm excited."
As members of college baseball's new dynasty, Stanford's players were ecstatic after the game. "If you had asked me at midseason if we had a chance to repeat, I probably would have said yes," said Robbins. "But I don't think I would have believed it."
Marquess was just as giddy. Rather than return to Palo Alto, where two of his seniors would graduate the next day, he was off to Millington, Tenn., to begin selecting the Olympic team. "It's just been crazy," he said. "I guess I won't know what to do with myself next year."
If he gets to Omaha again, he will.